Benzak Cotton Chambray Shirting

Even though our roots lie in the heavier denim fabrics, we’re constantly using different and
new types of fabric constructions for our garments. Since our lineup of shirts also keeps
expanding and evolving, there’s a lot development happening in regards of the fabrics we
use for said shirts. That brings us to chambray, which is seemingly very similar to denim, but
has a different construction and different characteristics.

Chambray versus denim

Both denim and chambray are made from cotton, but while denim is woven with a twill
construction, chambray uses a plain weave construction. When weaving a fabric there’s
usually two threads, the vertical warp and horizontal weft; in the case of indigo dyed
chambray and denim fabrics, the warp is typically indigo dyed, while the weft is kept

In the twill construction used for denim fabrics, the weft thread is usually woven over one or
more warp threads, then under one or more warp threads. However, the chambray’s warp
and weft threads will alternate one over the other. These constructions give denim its sturdy
and stiff quality, while the chambray ends up being more lightweight and breathable. Denim
fabric also typically has a clear lighter underside, whereas the underside and face side of
chambray fabrics are much more similar.

The characteristics of chambray constructions give it a similar appearance to denim, but
makes it much more suitable for lighter weight shirts. While denim shirts have a rugged feel
to them, the chambray shirt can be considered more dressed-up. It’s not a coincidence the
chambray button down shirt has become such a wardrobe staple.

Benzak chambray shirt, courtesy of the brand


The BDS-02 ONE POCKET SHIRT is a contemporary take on a classic button-down shirt. The
shirt features one chest pocket with a slanted opening and rounded bottom to follow the
chest’s contour. The back side features a classic box pleat, that allows for better movement.
Our 5 oz. chambray is a perfect example of what we refer to as ‘high-quality basics’. This no-
nonsense, all-year-round shirting fabric is made to create that staple 100% cotton button
down shirt every guy needs in his wardrobe. It has been rinsed to take out all initial bleeding
and shrinkage. Currently available indigo and indigo & white striped. Woven by Collect Mills
in Japan.


Besides the BDS-02 ONE POCKET SHIRT, we’ve also used a different chambray fabric for our
BWS-01 WORK SHIRT. The 5 oz. red organic selvedge chambray is very similar to our 6 oz.
indigo counterpart. Besides the obvious colour and slight weight difference, this newly
added adaptation is also woven with organic cotton, making it a more responsible choice
going forward.

Benzak chambray shirt, courtesy of the brand


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